Caught with A Smoking Gun?

Tough under any circumstances, competition in the auto industry gets particularly nasty when business is bad -- as it certainly is in Europe these days. Last week German investigators found three boxes of documents from a General Motors subsidiary in the apartment of former employee Jorge Alvarez Aguirre, now with Volkswagen, and a feud brewing for four months flared into a bitter brawl. Alvarez was one of seven executives who last spring defected to Volkswagen with GM purchasing czar Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua. "I cannot say that the papers we found were secret," said a spokesman for the local prosecutor's...

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